Granby E. Grand School board selects Karas as next superintendent
After a nationwide search to find a new superintendent, the East Grand School District has decided to pick one of its current administrators for that job. Nancy Karas, the principal of East Grand Middle School for the past 14 years, has been selected as the new superintendent. She will replace Robb Rankin, who is in his 12th year as superintendent and plans to retire at the end of this school year.The selection of Karas capped a week of interviews with four candidates seeking the position. The East Grand Board of Education and six focus groups conducted the interviews during the week of Jan. 14. An executive session on the superintendent selection was conducted Friday, Jan. 18, at the East Grand School District Office in Granby. Coming out of that session, the East Grand Board of Education voted to offer Karas the contract as the districts new superintendent. Board President Tom Sifers is working out contract details with Karas to present to the school board. In a press release, he said the board made the right choice for the district.The district interviewed four very qualified candidates for the position, Sifers stated. The interviews were very rich in conversation about the best interests of students, the direction of educating our students for the 21st Century, and the importance of public education in the local community. The board deliberated on the qualifications on Friday afternoon and reviewed the reports from the six focus groups to come to a decision. The result was the selection of Nancy Karas as our Superintendent. Mrs. Karas is familiar with district issues and we can work together to address those issues. The district has already focused on International Baccalaureate as the vehicle of change to bring students into the 21st century, and Mrs. Karas was instrumental in recommending that direction. Mrs. Karas has excellent communication skills, both orally and written, Sifer said. Her background in counseling has developed a person of empathy and patience. She has also been a member of the East Grand School District community since 1984. Now she will be working with the Board to move the district forward. Karas will assume the duties of superintendent on July 1, 2008, which is the start of the 2008-09 school year. Prior to becoming the principal of East Grand Middle School in 1993, Karas record of professional experience includes: 1991 to 1993, middle school counselor for the East Grand School District; 1987 to 1991, high school counselor for the East Grand School District; 1985 to 1987, high school physical education teacher for the East Grand School District; and 1984 to 1985, elementary physical education teacher for the East Grand School District. Karas holds a Superintendent Endorsement from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; masters degree in administration and supervision, University of Phoenix; masters degree in counseling, Western State College; and bachelors degree in physical education, Western State College.Karas has been a longtime resident of the district, graduating from Middle Park High School in 1977. Her two children also were educated in the East Grand schools, with her daughter Jennifer graduating from Middle Park High in 2000 and her son Ryan in 2002.Her husband Jim Karas is a social studies teacher at East Grand Middle School.The search for a new superintendent began last August with the hiring by the district of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. to serve as consultants in the search process. A nationwide advertising campaign and interviews were conducted by that company. A total of 16 applications for the superintendents position were received and evaluated. The board selected four candidates to be interviewed last week by themselves and the six focus groups. With the decision to pick Karas for the job, McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. and will continue working with the East Grand Board of Education and the new superintendent during the 2008-2009 school years.
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